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Cancellation and splitting theorems for vector bundles etc over schemes

It is not too hard, in the theory of vector bundles over manifolds (or nice topological spaces, say locally contractible with finite covering dimension), to arrive at a splitting theorem. This ...
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Two questions on canonical line bundle over $\mathbb{C}P^{n}$

The canonical line bundle over $\mathbb{C}P^{n}$ is denoted by $\ell_{n}$. It is well known that: $$(\ell_{1}\otimes \ell_{1})\oplus1 \simeq\ell_{1}\oplus\ell_{1}$$ Both sides are isomorphic ...
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Is there a geometric interpretation of Johnson-Wilson E(n) analogous to vector bundles for K-theory?

I am reading Ravenel's Localization with Respect to Certain Periodic Homology Theories where he states; For $n\ge2$, the spectra E(n) represent periodic homology theories which at present have ...
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Integration from vector bundles

Let $(E,M,p)$ be a smooth n dimensional vector bundle. Then $(TE,TM,Dp)$ is a 2n dimensional vector bundle. We restrict this bundle to $M\subset TM$. We denote this restricted bundle by $F$, as a ...
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Totally non parallelizable manifold

Does there exist a manifold M which all iterated tangent bundles are non parallelizable manifolds? That is$ M, TM , T^2(M), \ldots ,T^n(M)\ldots$ are non parallelizable manifold? What is ...
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Preimage of $1 \in H^n(M^n)$ under Chern character

Let $M$ be a closed, oriented manifold of dimension $n$. We know that the Chern character induces an isomorphism $K^\ast(M) \otimes \mathbb{Q} \cong H^\ast(M; \mathbb{Q})$ and now I was wondering how ...
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Does the suspension isomorphism $K_1(A) \to K_0(SA)$ descend from a more refined invariant?

If $A$ is a C*-algebra, denote its minimal unitization by $\tilde A$ and its suspension by $SA$, thought of as all continuous $a:[0,1] \to A$ with $a(0)=a(1)=0$. The unitized suspension ...
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Euler characteristics and the difference bundle construction

I am reading on K theory in Lawson and Michelson (Spin Geometry). One has the "exact sequence spaces" $L(X,Y)$ and there is the theorem that there is a unique equivalence of functors $\chi$ between ...
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Triviality of direct multiples of flat complex vector bundles

Atiyah Patodi and Singer [Spectral asymmetry and Riemannian geometry III] write that if $E$ is a complex flat bundle (non holomorphic, just smooth and complex) on a compact manifold $X$ (more ...
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K-Theory as a special $\lambda$-ring

I wonder if there is a nice and short proof that the $K$-theory of a topological space is a special $\lambda$-ring without invoking the splitting principle and alike. Is it possible to show directly ...
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Intuitive explanation for the Atiyah-Singer index theorem

My question is related to the question Explanation for the Chern Character to this question about Todd classes, and to this question about the Atiyah-Singer index theorem. I'm trying to learn the ...
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K-Theory and the Stack of Vector Bundles

I have some understanding that vector bundles provide a basic, familiar example of what I should call a stack. Namely, consider the functor $Vect$ that assigns to a space $X$ the set of isomorphism ...
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How do you relate the number of independent vector fields on spheres and Bott Periodicity for real K-Theory?

The theory of Clifford algebras gives us an explicit lower bound for the number of linearly independent vector fields on the $n$-sphere, and Adams proved that this is actually always the best ...
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Products and the skeletal filtration in K-theory

Given a finite CW complex X, there is a filtration of the topological K-theory of X given by setting $K_n(X) = \ker \left(K(X) \to K(X^{(n-1)})\right)$, where $X^{(n-1)}$ is the (n-1)-skeleton of X. ...